Introducing Smithers to Prince George
South and west of Smithers, after 146km you pass through Burns Lake, the center of a popular fishing district. After another 128km, at Vanderhoof, Hwy 27 heads 66km north to Fort St James National Historic Site, a former Hudson's Bay Company trading post that's on the tranquil southeastern shore of Stuart Lake and has been restored to its 1896 glory. From Vanderhoof, the 100km to Prince George passes through a region filled with the dead trees seen across the north. These bright-red specimens are victims of mountain pine beetles, whose explosive population growth is linked to comparatively milder winters due to climate change.